Worcester’s premier college-preparatory co-ed day school serving students from Central MA and MetroWest, Pre-K–Grade 12
Bancroft Summer Programs

Specialty Camps 

Summer Strings Program
Grades 1–8
Stefani Torode

Expand your knowledge of violin, viola, or cello this June with Summer Strings Director, Stefani Torode. Designed for students with at least one year of previous study, Bancroft Summer Strings encourages an exploration of various styles of note-reading and improvisation. Students play music games, engage in a variety of ensembles and learn Suzuki repertoire. A special opportunity to be fully immersed in all types of strings music, Bancroft Summer Strings includes daily specials like contra dancing, show and tell performances of accomplishments, and guest teachers. Classes within the program are designed for small group instruction depending on participant numbers and class topic.
Dates: Week 1 (June 11-15)
Half-Day: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $195
Minimum: 10 participants/ Maximum: 20 participants
Option: Join afternoon Basketball Camp for an additional $50

Service Learning Camp
Grades 6–9
Emily Kent and Steve Kelley

Spend time helping others and making a difference! Learn about people in our greater Worcester community who need our help. Each day we will travel to a new location, and learn about organizations specializing in helping our community. We will work with children and elderly, care for animals, and participate in community gardening. Cost includes a donation to the organizations where we volunteer.
Dates: Week 2 (June 18-22) FULL / WAIT LIST (email summer@bancroftschool.org)
Half-Day: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Cost: $250
Minimum: 10 participants/ Maximum: 13 participants

Counselor-In-Training
Grades 8–10 (Ages 13-15)
Abby Church

Our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program is specifically designed for teens ages 13 to 15 who want to develop their leadership skills in working with children. Supervised by our Summer Program Director and Assistant Director, your teen will have the hands-on opportunity to assist group counselors, teach activities, and plan special events. Four CITs are admitted each week and rotate through our activities with Explorers and Juniors. While the CIT program does not guarantee a counselor position in future years, it will help the participant determine where their interests lie. Admitting only four CIT participants each week allows for a high level of leadership development and interaction with activity directors. Interested applicants should contact Carrie Whitney, cwhitney@bancroftschool.org,  for an application and to set up a personal interview.
Dates: Week 3 FULL (June 25-29) | Week 4 LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE (July 2-6, closed July 4) | Week 5 FULL (July 9-13) | Week 6 FULL (July 16-20) | Week 7 FULL (July 23-29) | Week 8 LIMITED SPACE AVAILABLE (July 30- Aug 3)
Full-Day: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $150 per session

LEGO Robotics
Grades 4–8

Kevin Briggs

Join technology teacher and FLL robotics coach, Kevin Briggs, on a Bancroft journey into space. This full-day (9:00-3:00) program includes robotics and rockets. Spend the morning programming LEGO Mindstorm EV3 Robots to complete space-themed challenges while learning computer science and engineering principles. Extend your learning in the afternoon using the Kerbal Space Program software to design rockets, test their trajectory, and explore space. Design principles and physics knowledge gained while using the simulator will be put to the test as campers design and construct their own model rocket. 
Dates: Week 2 (June 18-22)
Full-Day: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM  *no Extended Day available
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 14 participants

Intro to Drone Flying Missions
Grades 1–2
Drobots Company Instructors

Intro to Drone Flying Missions is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones. We use the safest and most reliable drone products on the market, including the Parrot™ drones for enhanced safety and most of all, fun. Campers will learn the basics of drone technology and safety before taking to the air. Through the use of iPad flight simulators and clear instructions on basic flying maneuvers, young Drobots pilots will experience a program filled with excitement, games, challenges, and learning. Campers work all week long to prepare for the most enjoyable part of the week: the Ultimate Drone Games that include events such as Tic-Tac-Drone, Drone Darts, Duck-Duck-Drone, and more. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
Dates: Week 5 (July 9 -13)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 16 participants

Drone Superhero Missions
Grades 3–5

Drobots Company Instructors

Superhero Missions is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. Our instructors will open the creative minds of participants as campers attack and defend against Superheroes and Villains. Students will begin the week learning basic maneuvers before using their “Spidey-Sense” to conquer missions such as Batman’s Drone-Mobile Escape, The Breakout of Iron Man, and more. Participants will storyboard their own escape missions while other students attempt to outsmart them using the drone to locate and capture. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer.
Dates: Week 5 (July 9-13)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 16 participants

Intro to Drone Coding Games
Grades 1–2
Drobots Company Instructors

Intro to Drone Coding Games is specifically designed for campers with little to no experience flying drones or coding. Campers will learn the basic principles of how to code drones to fly. To complement the coding aspect of the program, we teach the campers how to utilize basic flight terminology to conquer fun and interactive flight challenges. Campers will learn to pitch, yaw, and roll through self-created obstacle courses and then utilize iPads to code the drones through the obstacle courses. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
Dates: Week 6 (July 16-20)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 16 participants

Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge
Grades 3–5
Drobots Company Instructors

Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge is specifically designed for both the novice and experienced drone enthusiasts. This is week is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Obstacle Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Campers will use iPads and remote controls to navigate the drone through short and long obstacle courses. Participants will also create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activity and competition. All campers go home with interactive workbooks and plenty of Drobots Company keepsakes and trinkets so the memories last long beyond the summer. Drone safety and the social responsibilities of flying drones are included in this program.
Dates: Week 6 (July 16-20)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 16 participants

Drone Escape and Rescue
Grades 3–5
Drobots Company Instructors

Drone search and rescue is a necessity for first responders around the world, adding a new layer of solutions to save lives across the globe. Now campers to can take part in and learn from simulated missions during this action-packed, creative, and educational program. Participants will learn to fly drones and rely on their rescue team to collect vital data in specific “rescue areas” to locate “victims” and safely rescue them. We use age-appropriate and cutting-edge technology methods available for creating plans, missions, and maps. Participants will also learn invaluable lessons on how to simply, quickly and accurately make informed and targeted suggestions for real-world positive applications.
Dates: Week 7 (July 23-27)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425
Minimum: 8 participants/ Maximum: 16 participants

Ultimate Drone Racing and Obstacle Course
Grades 6–8
Drobots Company Instructors

This program is filled with pure action as students enjoy one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Drone Racing. Campers will first learn about the basic safety of drone flying and the history behind drone racing as a sport. From there, campers will progress through various skill challenges and learn how to perform various exercises and maneuvers to become familiar with the drone’s speed and agility. Flight squads post up against one another in friendly competition when they race themselves and the clock. Students will first maneuver the drone through creative obstacle courses before taking on the challenge of flying for speed. Participants contribute fully in this program as they create the design and help build the obstacle course in preparation for the last day’s final activities and competition.
Dates: Week 7 (July 23-27)
Full-Day: 8:45 AM - 3:30 PM
Cost: $425

Minimum: 8 participants / Maximum: 16 participants

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